David Shannon

I am a senior counselling psychologist working part-time in palliative care in Dublin. I have also been a member of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) core training team since 2012. I was a member of CMRP’s management team from 2012-2014 and also led the Centre’s postgraduate programmes during this time. I continue to teach on both CMRP’s postgraduate programmes and the continuing personal and professional development (CPPD) teacher training pathway (TTP).


  • MSc in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc in Consciousness & Transpersonal Psychology, Liverpool John Moore’s University
  • BA in Psychology, University College Dublin

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • One-to-one mindfulness teaching in palliative care
  • MBCT teaching in palliative care
  • MBCT teaching for cancer
  • MBSR teaching for general populations & health professionals
  • MBSR/MBCT teacher training

Personal Practice

Although I had been engaged in Buddhist meditation practice since 1999, it was not until my initial MBCT training in 2006 that I began to really understand the process I had been immersed in for so many years.  Although I have maintained a deep interest in Buddhism, my personal practice now follows the main practices as taught within the programmes of MBSR and MBCT. In what feels like coming full circle to my earlier Buddhist practice, this is more and more infused with compassion as my understanding deepens. This is supported by regular supervision and retreat time.

Research Activities and Interests

I am currently at an early stage in researching mindfulness in palliative care.


Shannon, D. (2007). Hermeneutic single-case efficacy design (HSCED): evaluating psychotherapeutic effectiveness in a cancer support setting.  Unpublished MSc thesis. Trinity College, Dublin.

Shannon, D.  (2003). On the role of death in life: the application of terror management theory to palliative care nurses. Unpublished MSc thesis. Liverpool John Moore’s University.